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Why Should you Consider Doing a Spring Detox?


Hi everyone!

Although it didn't quite look like it late last week, spring is here! It's a great time to spring clean your house, and to think about spring cleaning your body as well. Your body is constantly detoxifying through your skin, kidneys and digestive tract. Spring and fall are ideal to do a more intense detox because they are times of less extreme weather when your body can focus more of its energy on renewal.  Due to what you're exposed to in the environment through the air, your home, and your diet, your body's detoxifying pathways can become overwhelmed.  This can cause you to have headaches, lower energy, skin changes, and/or digestive discomfort.

Maple Shores Health Centre is offering the 10 day Clear Change Detox Program starting April 18 with Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Stacy.  We love that it is only 10 days, as we feel anyone can do anything for 10 days!  We have had an amazing response so far, and registration will remain open until Thursday if you would like to join us. Here is a bit more information about what it involves, as well as some answers to questions about the program we have been receiving.  

What does the program involve?

  • Clear Change Kit which includes a detox supportive protein power, as well as an herbal combination aimed at optimizing liver function.  When taken as instructed in the guidebook, there is enough of both of these to last the duration of the 10 days.
  • We will be taking part in the detox along with you, sharing our meal plans, and posting detox supporting tips during the 10 days.
  • The closed Facebook group is a great way to support each other and provide accountability (it is also an option for us to email out posts though if you aren't comfortable with Facebook)

Why use supplements? Why not just detox with food?

Food is a very important part of your health, and definitely where you want to focus in the long term.  Due to environmental exposures and stress however, it is easy to become depleted in certain nutrients, some of which can affect how efficiently your liver detoxifies.  Using the supplements included in the 10 Day Clear Change Kit helps to restore those important nutrients better and faster than food alone.

What does the diet entail?

The diet is very clearly outlined in the program guide.  You would start with a basic clean eating diet which removes foods that are more likely to be inflammatory or sensitivities for people (i.e. wheat, animal dairy, red meat, etc.).  In the middle of the 10 days when the dosing of the medical food and herbs are highest, you would further limit the types of foods you are eating to the ones that are easiest to digest (fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats).  At the end of the 10 days, you would re-introduce the foods you have removed.

To make it easier, there are delicious recipes included in the program guide, both for meals and for creative smoothies to make with the protein powder.  We will also be sharing what we do to successfully make it through the 10 days.  You should be eating enough to feel full.  This program is not about calorie restriction or deprivation, but rather about eating foods that are really easy to digest so that your body can start to rejuvenate.

Can you exercise while doing the program?

Definitely!  This is not a fast, so it is fine to exercise.  Just ensure you are getting enough protein for your level of activity.

Why is the program only offered to naturopathic patients?

Since we are using supplements, we need to have performed an assessment so that we know there are no interactions with any medications you may be on, and are confident there is no reason why this program may not be suitable for you.  We want to be sure that it is safe and beneficial for you.  

What should you expect?

Many people experience increased energy, better digestion, improved sleep, as well as less muscle and joint pain after completing the 10 Day Clear Change Program. It is also a great way to kick start cleaner eating habits, and to see if you may be sensitive to certain foods when you re-introduce them back in.

If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the clinic at 519-832-4500, or send us an email and we will get in touch with you.  The next program starts April 18, and our plan is to run further programs in the future.  
We would love to have you join us!  Remember due to the long weekend, registration is only open until this Thursday, April 13.  


Until next time,

Dr. Jennifer Haessler
Naturopathic Doctor

The Benefits of Small Living and Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Hi Everyone!

Every winter my family aims to take a few weeks off so that we can enjoy some sunshine and time together.  We are fortunate to be able to share at least one holiday with both my parents and my in laws.  This year we flew to Florida, went on a cruise for a week, and then returned to Clearwater Beach to spend a little over a week with my in-laws.  On the cruise ship, my husband and I had an adjoining room with our 3 kidlets.  The rooms were both pretty small, but it's easy to live small when someone is making all of your meals, you have space to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, and lots of activities have been planned for you.  When we got back to the condo with my in-laws, there were 7 of us sharing a two bedroom condo…my in-laws had a room, the 3 kids shared a room, and each evening, my husband and I would sleep on a mattress on the floor of the living room – now that is small living☺  While we were happy to get back to our own bed when we got home, amazingly it wasn't that hard to live in such a small space.  For one thing, we had a lot less stuff with us…and we could have brought even less than that.  It felt like the routine of making meals and cleaning up took a whole lot less time than it does at home where we have a lot more space, and a lot more things around us.

Each year when I return from our condo vacation, I start thinking about how I can simplify things in my "regular" life too.  During the last week, I have been really inspired to do some spring cleaning.  Here are the rules that I have made for myself to follow while I am doing it:f

  • If I don't use it, then I get rid of it.  I hold on to so many things thinking that I may need them in the future, but every time I see them taking up space in my cupboard or drawer, it causes me a bit of stress.  So I have been throwing out or donating any personal care products, gadgets, food, and clothes that I haven't used or worn.
  • I'm aiming to clean out a minimum of 1 drawer or cupboard a day.  It can feel so overwhelming to think about spring cleaning the whole house.  My goal of one drawer a day feels totally doable, and still gives me a really good sense of progress and accomplishment.
  • I need to think carefully about the sentimental stuff I keep.  I have SO many pictures and greeting cards and pieces of kids' artwork that I have stashed away in different boxes.  They just sit there, I rarely (never) go back to look at them again, and every time I add something to one of the boxes, it causes me some anxiety.  I haven't attacked these areas yet, but as I am going through the rest of my house, it has got me thinking about why I am keeping these things.  If I never look at them, do I really think that my kids are going to ever enjoy looking back  at 50 years of anniversary and birthday cards that my husband and I have given each other?  I think I can get rid of some of them.  If anyone has a system that has worked for them to organize these items, I would LOVE to hear about it.
  • If something new comes in, then something old has to go out.  I love adding some spring touches to our home, so yesterday I bought 2 bright pillows for our couch, but got rid of 2 that haven't been getting used.  The same goes for clothes or shoes or anything else.  It really makes me think twice before buying something.

It feels so good to be able to open a drawer or cupboard, and easily find what I need.  To look in my closet and only see the clothes that I like wearing.  It's like I'm literally getting lighter, and not so weighed down by all of the stuff.  It saves time too because I don't need to waste time looking for what I need, and it makes it easier to keep what gets used close at hand.  Having organized surroundings gives me the headspace to be able to focus on the things that are really important to me and make me happy…which isn't the stuff.  It's spending time with my family and friends, cooking, being active, reading, and doing fulfilling work.

If you would like some help making space to create "Your Best Life" with healthy meal plans, time efficient exercise routines, stress management tips, and suggestions on how to improve your sleep, digestion, and more, I have another online group starting Monday, May 1.  The group has been filling up fast, and the fact that there are several participants who are joining for a second time, is an indication of how effective, motivating, and do-able this program is.  Contact me if you would like to go on the waiting list to join when registration opens, or if you have any questions.


Until next time,

Dr. Jennifer, ND